Beijing: At least 40 workers at a hydro-power station went missing after torrential rains triggered a mudslide in the mountainous south-west China`s Sichuan province, according to local officials.
The disaster took place at the construction zone of Baihetan Hydro-power Station in Ningnan county, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, a spokesman with the provincial emergency management office said.
The number of missing workers was initially estimated at 38 to 41, state-run Xinhua quoted the spokesman as saying.
The Baihetan Hydro-power Station, currently under construction by the China Three Gorges Corporation, is located on the lower reaches of the Jinsha River, a major headwater stream of the Yangtze River, the country`s longest waterway.
With an estimated gross installed capacity of over 14 million kilowatts, the station is expected to be ready by 2020.